Jan. 26/09. President Barack
Obama reiterated that his administration would talk to Iran. "Iran has
acted in ways that are not conducive to peace and prosperity in the
region," Obama has told Al Arabiya television. "Their threats
against Israel; their pursuit of a nuclear weapon which could
potentially set off an arms race in the region that would make everybody
less safe; their support of terrorist organizations in the past - none
of these things have been helpful."
“But I do think that it is
important for us to be willing to talk to Iran, to express very clearly
where our differences are, but where there are potential avenues for
progress," he stressed. "And we will over the next several months be
laying out our general framework and approach. And as I said during my
inauguration speech, if countries like Iran are willing to unclench
their fist, they will find an extended hand from us."
The newly installed US
ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said earlier Monday that
the Obama administration would engage in "direct diplomacy" with the
Islamic Republic. She warned that Iran must meet UN Security Council
demands to suspend uranium enrichment before any talks on its nuclear
Rice said the US remains "deeply
concerned about the threat that Iran's nuclear program poses to the
region, indeed to the United States and the entire international
"We look forward to engaging in
vigorous diplomacy that includes direct diplomacy with Iran," she said.
It would include "continued collaboration and partnership" with the
other four permanent members of the Security Council - Britain, China,
France and Russia - along with Germany, Rice said.
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